Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that dries.
  • n. A substance added to paint, varnish, or ink to speed drying.
  • adj. A comparative of dry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any substance that accelerates drying.
  • n. Catalyst used to promote the drying of paints and varnishes by oxidative crosslinking.
  • n. Alternative spelling of dryer.
  • adj. comparative form of dry: more dry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, dries; that which may expel or absorb moisture; a desiccative.
  • n. Drying oil; a substance mingled with the oil used in oil painting to make it dry quickly.
  • of dry, a.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which dries or is used in drying.
  • n. Comparative and superlative degrees of dry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture)
  • n. an appliance that removes moisture

Etymologies

dry +‎ -er (“agent suffix”) (Wiktionary)
dry +‎ -er (“comparative suffix”) (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Without frequent rains such soils become droughty and don't offer much growth potential in drier times of the year, ie, summer.

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  • Had to go appliance shopping yesterday – our 14-year-old drier is in the process of giving up the ghost.

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  • Paspalum pulchellum, Tonina fluviatilis and Utricularia subulata and in drier areas the grasses Fimbristylis paradoxa and Declieuxia fruticosa with palm thickets Acoelorraphe wrightii and Pinus caribaea var. hondurensis, 20-25 m tall.

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  • Salient but unanswered question – for those of us living in drier country, will a toilet tank provide the necessary tidal frisson?

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  • With global warming likely to create long-term drier conditions here in the Northwest, we can probably expect to see slow trends away from water-intensive cash-crop human chow like sweet corn and towards towards less lucrative, but less thirsty crops.

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  • Agaves are often mistakenly classed as cacti, leading many people to refer to tequila as "a drink made from cactus", but while both agave and cacti species thrive in drier, more arid conditions, agaves are botanically unrelated to their thorny bedfellows.

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  • Bassists like to use the terms drier and more bite to describe this phenomenon.

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  • The pair have not long gone down the narrow stairs when a waggon stops outside in the lane, and up comes the carter to speak with the 'drier' -- the giant trampling round in the pocket -- and to see how the hops 'be getting on.'

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  • Also, determine the type of riding you’ll be doing — sintered metal pads should be used for extreme mud riding, but organic pads perform much better for aggressive riding in drier conditions.

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